House Tour: Mark Twain's Victorian Mansion
Today marks the 100th anniversary of Mark Twain's death. To celebrate a little portion of the humorist's life, I thought I'd give you a tour of his former home in Hartford, CT. In 1963, it was one of the first 100 properties in the US to be designated a National Historic Landmark. Twain and his wife Livy hired New York architect Edward Tuckerman Potter to design their 19-room Victorian Mansion in 1873, and the family lived there from 1881-1891. Twain wrote, "To us, our house . . . had a heart, and a soul, and eyes to see us with; and approvals and solicitudes and deep sympathies; it was of us, and we were in its confidence and lived in its grace and in the peace of it benediction." The Mark Twain House changed hands several times before becoming a museum, and has since undergone a historic property, bringing it back to its former glory. Dated as it may be, it displays remarkable craftsmanship and stunning architectural bones. Come take a look!